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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gaming Summit Set for August 6, Tarport Hap

The New Jersey Legislature's Gaming Summit will take place on August 6 in Atlantic City.  It would've been a nice show of support for the racing industry if it would have been held at a racetrack, even if it was Atlantic City Race Course or held for two days; one day in Atlantic City and the second day at Monmouth Park or the Meadowlands.  So much for the importance of both industries.

There is a movement afoot asking horsemen to flood the Meadowlands' entry box as a sign of support for the embattled racetrack. It will be interesting to see if these horsemen who are stabled at New Jersey training centers currently supporting Chester, Pocono, and Yonkers' racing programs can sacrifice for a month to support the Meadowland's entry box.

Saturday night at the Meadowlands brings us a couple divisions of the Tarport Hap.    In the first division, (3rd race), it looks like an easy victory for Put On A Show (#9) who meets a relatively weak field of fillies.  Granted, 7-5 is not attractive, but if you can get anything greater than odds on, he is worth the bet despite the starting position.  Second best may be Dancin Barefoot (#5) who finished second behind Put On A Show in their last start.  If Put On A Show is odds-on and Dancin Barefoot stays at 5-1 or higher, Dancin Barefoot may be worth some support as she moves in while Put On A Show moves further out.  Finishing out the top three I am looking at Seriously (#4) who ships down from Mohawk after competing repectably in the Town Pro late closing series.

In the second division (7th race), it appears to be more wide open.   I am looking for a possible upset with A Pippin Hanover (#4) who finished last in her last start at Mohawk.  While she finished last, she did start from the ten hole and was parked the whole mile.  Despite being parked, she was leading to the three quarters before folding.  With a much better post position and picking up John Campbell, she may be worth support at her morning line odds of 12-1.  Feeling You (#6) who finished third to Put On A Show in her return after a brief vacation is the logical favorite who may very well take it all if A Pippin Hanover throws a clunker.  Rock N Soul (#2) and Siri Hanover (#3) can complete the exotics.

Finally, here is a video showing the great pacing mare Tarport Hap, winning the U.S. Pacing Championship at Roosevelt Raceway in 1976 in 1:57 defeating the great Rambling Willie in addition to Handle With Care, Keystone Accent, Shirleys Beau, Fly Fly Solly, Momentum, and one of my all-time favorites, Nickawampus Leroy.     

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